Kemp Serves as ‘Resource Person’ for Online Students
Tigerville SC (June 6, 2017) North Greenville University’s College of Adult Professional Studies (CAPS) Academic Advisor, Vickie Kemp (’74) talks about her role, best memory at NGU, and favorite Bible verse.
When you tell people you work for NGU, what do they say?
The response is often, “You are lucky.” I reply, “This is my ministry, and it is a blessing and honor to go to work in a Christ-centered environment where faculty and staff meet to pray for the university, our students, and each other.”
What’s your role at NGU?
As NGU’s CAPS academic advisor, I am the resource person to help our online students have the information, skills, and experiences they need to be successful.
I am responsible for [providing direction regarding tutoring, academic coaching, scheduling, and graduation], as well as advising and enrolling students in the classes they need and monitoring each student’s progress.
What do you see as the main benefit of a CAPS advisor to our online students?
My ministry to CAPS students is being the person who cares about each student. I am the person who begins the CAPS and NGU ministry to students who lose a loved one, deal with a child with a life-threatening disease [or] a spouse in ICU, cannot juggle their schedule to meet all of their responsibilities, or no longer have the financial resources to reach their dream of a college degree.
It takes a team to get students where they need to be. A team that places students first. A team that will pray for students and work with them at any time and place just so they can be successful.
When do you get most excited about your work?
I get excited about my work as students get excited about their progress and graduation. Graduation is a goal of every student, and [it’s] one of my goals for students.
Tell us about your life outside of work.
I have two children. My son Aaron and his wife, Virginia, live in Greer, S.C. They are the parents of [my] two amazing grandsons, Hayden and Mason. Claire and her husband, Devon, live in Charlotte, N.C., with two not as amazing granddogs.
I attend Double Springs Baptist Church, where I am the Sunday school teacher for a senior adult ladies’ class and an Awana teacher for elementary students on Wednesday nights.
What’s your favorite Bible verse?
Isaiah 40:31: “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
What’s your most cherished memory at NGU?
My own graduation in 1974. It is a blessing to walk on the campus today and to see the growth that has taken place and even a few of my old classmates!
For more information about CAPS programs at NGU, visit ngu.edu/online.
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